LONDON--(Marketwire - Jul 24, 2012) - WCG, a global independent communications agency, today announced its London office ranked 12 and had the highest growth rate (116%) over last year among healthcare firms in PRWeek UK's League Tables. Singled out as 'one to watch,' WCG London was ranked 87 in the Top 150 PR Consultancies overall.
This recognition follows WCG London being shortlisted for Independent Consultancy of the Year at the 2012 Communiqué Awards and being named 2011 International Healthcare Consultancy of the Year by the Holmes Report.
"This recognition marks a new high point in our evolution as an integrated global communications consultancy, which we are achieving through innovation, diverse service offerings, great new strategic hires and targeted expansion," said Gail Cohen, Global Practice Lead. "Hiring a diverse group of experienced, dedicated and highly capable people who consistently deliver excellent work that makes a real difference for our clients has been the simple formula to our growth and success to date."
While a leader in healthcare communications in the United States for several years, WCG London is a fairly new player and these achievements highlight the firm's growing presence and strength in the region. The office has grown from about five people when it was established in May of 2008 to nearly 25 currently, having made several new hires already this year to support new and organic UK, European and global business for its clients.
Christine Tadgell joined the WCG London team in May 2012 as Managing Director, bringing over 19 years of pharmaceutical experience in business strategy and operations.
"I'm thrilled to be a part of the growing WCG London team largely because of the quality of the people and clients at the firm," said Tadgell. "Also, from my perspective working on the client side most of my career, the WCG business model and approach is truly unique -- strategic communications solutions are driven by and backed by solid analytics to ensure we can meet our customers' needs and empower them to connect with audiences in more meaningful and relevant ways."
In addition to a new Managing Director, WCG hired Creative Designer Emanuel Zahariades and three new Account Associates to support the communications business:
1.) Justine Brodie, who recently graduated from Manchester University and sought to establish her career in healthcare communications during her studies through work experience at other prestigious agencies. Justine speaks fluent French; 2.) Sarah Horgan, who brings over four years' experience in the cardiovascular field gained while working for the Irish Heart Foundation. Her specific expertise is in the field of advocacy relations; and 3.) Valeria Kaplan, who joins from EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organisation) where she was responsible for publications, liaison with scientists and researchers in the field of molecular biology and production of symposia content. Valeria is fluent in German, Russian and Hebrew.
WCG is an independent, "next practice" strategic communications consulting firm that provides holistic solutions built upon clear analytics aimed at achieving competitive advantage for a growing spectrum of leading companies and organizations. WCG's staff is an eclectic mix of experienced, diverse thinkers who partner with organizations in a wide array of industries to achieve product differentiation and competitiveness, reputational distinction, social credibility and organizational clarity. The firm operates from offices in San Francisco, New York, Austin, Los Angeles and London. For more information on WCG, please visit http://wcgworld.com.
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